42 Summer Trivia Questions

The summer season – a time of sunny skies, sandy beaches, and endless adventures. 

Whether you’re lounging by the pool, embarking on a road trip, or hosting a backyard barbecue, there’s no denying the magic that summer brings to us. 

But how much do you really know about this beloved time of year? 

Are you a summer aficionado or simply soaking up the sun?

Put your knowledge to the test with these sizzling summer trivia questions that are sure to keep the fun going all season long. 

Let’s begin. 

Summer Trivia Questions

  1. What is the scientific term for the first day of summer?

  2. In which city were the first modern Olympic Games held during the summer of 1896?

  3. What is the name of the scale used to measure the strength of a hurricane?

  4. What phenomenon causes the “midnight sun,” a natural occurrence experienced in the Arctic and Antarctic circles during the summer?

  5. Which country is known to have the largest water fight during Songkran, marking the start of their traditional New Year and occurring in mid-April, which is often considered a summer event in the region?

  6. What is the title of William Shakespeare’s play that has “summer” in its name?

  7. In what year did the famous Woodstock Music & Art Fair, also known simply as Woodstock, take place?

  8. Which vitamin is the human body able to produce when exposed to sunlight?

  9. What name is given to the full moon that occurs closest to the summer solstice?

  10. What is the highest recorded temperature on Earth and where was it recorded?

  11. What famous structure began its construction in summer (June) of 1884 and is recognized as a symbol of France?

  12. What is the term for the fear of sunlight?

  13. In which hemisphere is the June solstice the official start of winter instead of summer?

  14. Which U.S. state is known as the “Sunshine State,” famous for its warm summer weather?

  15. What is the name of the largest music festival held in summer in the United Kingdom?

  16. Which planet in our solar system has the shortest summer?

  17. What historic event took place on July 20, 1969, marking a significant achievement during the summer of that year?

  18. During which summer Olympic Games did Michael Phelps win 8 gold medals, setting a record for the most golds in a single Olympics?

  19. What is the common name for the star cluster also known as the “Seven Sisters,” which is visible in the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere during the late summer?

  20. What is the chemical element that gives the sun its yellow color?

  21. In literature, who wrote the novel “Summer” in 1917, an American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner?

  22. Which city is historically known for the “Summer of Love” in 1967, a pivotal moment in the counterculture movement?

  23. What is the name of the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, famous for its buoyancy and located in the United States?

  24. What is the term used to describe the seasonal wind shift that brings significant rainfall to the Indian subcontinent during the summer months?

  25. Which insect is known for its loud chirping sound during the summer months?

  26. What summer fruit is known for containing more lycopene, an antioxidant, than tomatoes?

  27. In what year did the “Great Smog of London” take place, a misnomer as it occurred in summer and is often associated with cold weather events?

  28. Which ocean is known to experience the most hurricanes during the summer and early fall months?

  29. What is the name of the annual meteor shower that peaks in mid-August, providing a spectacular display in the summer night sky?

  30. In what country is Midsummer’s Eve celebrated with traditional bonfires and festivities on the eve of the summer solstice?

  31. What is the name of the Roman goddess of summer?

  32. Which famous battle of the American Civil War took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863?

  33. What is the phenomenon where the sun does not set for more than 24 hours, experienced in the summer months in places above the Arctic Circle?

  34. What summer blockbuster movie, released in 1975, is credited with creating the concept of the summer blockbuster?

  35. What is the name of the global environmental observance that occurs on June 5th, aiming to raise awareness about protecting the environment?

  36. In the context of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, what astronomical event occurs around June 21st?

  37. Which fruit is known as the “king of fruits” and is especially popular in South Asia during the summer?

  38. What is the record for the most people applying sunscreen at the same time, a summer-related world record?

  39. What major sports league in the United States holds its championship series in early summer?

  40. Which country hosts an annual summer solstice celebration at an ancient prehistoric monument, attracting thousands of visitors?

  41. What summer holiday in the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?

  42. What Italian city is famous for its biannual horse race known as “Il Palio,” held in the summer?


  1. Summer solstice.

  2. Athens, Greece.

  3. Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

  4. The tilt of the Earth’s axis.

  5. Thailand.

  6. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

  7. 1969

  8. Vitamin D.

  9. Strawberry Moon.

  10. 134°F (56.7°C) in Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley, California, USA, on July 10, 1913.

  11. The Eiffel Tower.

  12. Heliophobia.

  13. Southern Hemisphere.

  14. Florida.

  15. Glastonbury Festival.

  16. Mercury.

  17. The Apollo 11 moon landing.

  18. The 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  19. The Pleiades.

  20. Hydrogen.

  21. Edith Wharton.

  22. San Francisco.

  23. The Great Salt Lake.

  24. Monsoon.

  25. Cicada.

  26. Watermelon.

  27. Trick question: The “Great Smog of London” occurred in winter, December 1952, not in summer.

  28. The Atlantic Ocean.

  29. The Perseids.

  30. Sweden (and also widely celebrated in other Nordic countries).

  31. Aestas.

  32. The Battle of Gettysburg.

  33. The Midnight Sun.

  34. “Jaws.”

  35. World Environment Day.

  36. The Summer Solstice.

  37. Mango.

  38. This record varies; please check the latest Guinness World Records for the most current information.

  39. The National Basketball Association (NBA).

  40. The United Kingdom (at Stonehenge).

  41. Independence Day (Fourth of July).

  42. Siena.
Summer Trivia Questions

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